I really have very few heroes, but Rich Mullins is one of them. Mullins was a Christian singer best known for his worship song, Awesome God. Tragically, he died in a car accident in 1997. His music lives on. What I admire about Mullins – I am a big fan of his music – was the wild abandon he had about his relationship with Christ and his commitment to be a true follower of the Prophet and Messiah, Jesus.
Mullins was enormously successful, but lived modestly in a Hogan on an Indian Reservation where he taught music to Natives. He gave most of his profits away. He was outspoken. He believed that many people on the Christian music scene did not belong there. Every song he wrote was ordained by God. You know it when you listen to his songs.Mullins said this, which I find incredible and unforgettable. I truly wish I could be more like this man – a modern reflection of the Christ, who some days seems so hard to reach.
“Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”
You can read lots more about Mullins on wikipedia or just google him. Here are part of the lyrics to my favorite Mullins song, Calling Out His Name. When I hear it, I worship. I especially like the part about running wild with the hope that the thirst will not last long.